INCUBATING GREATNESS: The Coatesville Youth Initiative Story
On January 1, 2014, with great pride, the Brandywine Health Foundation stood back to allow the Coatesville Youth Initiative (CYI) to become its own free-standing nonprofit organization.
CYI was born in 2009 after an intensive community-wide planning process engineered by the foundation. Determined to address one of Coatesville’s greatest needs, CYI became an organization that united community organizations so that they could collectively help youth reach their fullest potential.
After CYI established itself as a bedrock of the Coatesville community, the foundation knew it could grow even more if it became independent.
“ With the foundation’s funding and support, we incubated CYI into something with long-term viability so that, five years later, CYI had such a strong reputation in the community and such strong, established leadership that we were able to spin it off into a separate nonprofit.” ~Tom Belmont, former BHF Board Chair and current Coatesville Youth Initiative Board Chair
To ensure that CYI started off on strong financial footing, the foundation initiated the wildly successful Campaign for Coatesville’s Kids. It also secured grants from the Barra, Philadelphia and Chester County Community foundations to fund CYI’s transition and strategic planning costs.
“We are family and the foundation continued to provide love, support and encouragement through this entire process.” ~ Chaya Scott, CYI’s Executive Director
Today, the Coatesville Youth Initiative is a thriving non-profit committed to youth-led, transformational community change.
Their staff is composed of talented, experienced and dedicated facilitators of exceptional youth development, prevention and family engagement programs. The staff and their board work tirelessly to unite a wide range of partners to make the community better for everyone.
The CYI remains a priority grantee of the Brandywine Health Foundation, receiving substantial annual grants as well as a portion of the proceeds of the foundation’s annual Strawberry Festival.
View Video ~ thanks to our Summer ServiceCorps Intern, Katie Weiser
To learn more visit: http://coatesvilleyouthinitiative.org
Making Our Youth A Priority